Monday, November 19, 2007

"Spirit of Augusta"

John Maxfield, our resident history scholar, attended yesterday's sold-out performance of "Spirit of Augusta," a musical that told the history of Augusta County. Written by Mack Swift with music by Richard Adams, the play portrayed the story of Governor Spotswood, the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe (remember them from your history lessons?), and the settling of the Valley. The production took place at Blue Ridge Cmmunity College in Weyers Cave.

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JohnMaxfield said...

Not to mention a wonderful, moving performance by local legend Ernest Holley as the Slave. If you saw it, and chills didn't run through you, you must have been sleeping.

Throughout the musical's journey, we also were introduced the The Lewis Family (original settlers of Staunton) and fought through the Indian Wars, the Civil War, The Great War, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq.

It was a moving performance FULL of local stars, legends, and faces that portrayed the founding and coming of age of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County like none other.